Four Corners Congressional Members Support Navajo Hualapai Water Bills

By Holliday Moore
Cronkite News
Published: Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 9:13am
Updated: Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 9:32am
Miranda Faulkner/Cronkite News
Four Corners leaders testify in support of the tribal water-rights bills.

This week, the U.S. House Natural Resource Committee is considering a handful of bills that would ensure clean and sustainable water is delivered to tribal lands along the Four Corners states.

During testimony, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez called the water agreement a "basic fundamental human right" fulfilling a more than 200 year old Treaty.

The bills guarantee access to more than 85,000 acre-feet of Colorado River water for both the Navajo and Hualapai Tribes. It also would approve more than $200 million for water infrastructure, including a 70-mile pipeline and water treatment plant for the Hualapai.

According to Cronkite News, state leaders support the plan. The Interior Department has said there are "less costly" methods for supplying water to the remote Hualapai.

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